South West Rocks is located on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, approximately 453 km’s from Sydney. It lies on the mouth of the Macleay River and is fringed by the Arakoon and Hat Head National Parks. The suburb can be broken into 5 main areas, South West Rocks, Arakoon, Oceanside, New Entrance and Spencerville.
A sleepy coastal town, South West Rocks has become a sought after holiday retreat for families. Trial Bay’s calm clear waters and sandy beaches and ocean temperatures are perfect for swimming year round due to the East Coast current that flows from the tropical regions.
South West Rocks has a long history in commercial fishing and the South West Rocks Nursing Centre is an aged care facility in the town both largely supporting local employment.
As a popular holiday destination the town provides for a variety of accommodation, such as family tourist parks, B&B’s, and conveniences such as the Rocks Shopping Fair, parks, taverns, and a golf course.
The infamous Trial Bay Gaol stands majestically on the Peninsula of Trial Bay inside the Arakoon Reserve. Built in 1886 over 13 years, it’s a picturesque ruin which was built as a public works prison but was also used as a World War 1 internment camp. Visitors can meander through the museum or stroll over Monument Hill to the Little Bay Picnic area.
There is a half-day walk that will take tourists around to the historic Smokey Cape Lighthouse in Hat Head National Park. The Lighthouse is one of the tallest and oldest in the country and the Lighthouse Keepers Cottages have been carefully restored and converted into lovely B&B’s.
South West Rocks Dive Centre provides ocean cave dives into Fish Rock Cave, voted among the top ten dives in Australia.
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